Last week Tesla purchased SolarCity for $2.6 billion, today Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO announced that they will be manufacturing and installing Solar Roofs! This is huge news, especially coming after the purchase of SolarCity bare more than a week ago. Musk said about the new solar roofs “It’s not a thing on the roof, it is the roof…” This is exciting news coming on the heels of such big news last week. It looks like Elon Musk has outdone himself yet again and expanded he solar energy sector into roofing as well.
“Musk, though, elaborated and said that at least one of those new products is a solar roof. “It’s a solar roof, as opposed to modules on a roof,” Musk said. Rive confirmed that the company was indeed going to roll out a roofing integrated product. “I think this is really a fundamental part of achieving differentiated product strategy, where you have a beautiful roof. It’s not a thing on the roof. It is the roof, which is a quite difficult engineering challenge and not something that is available anywhere else,” Musk said.”
In July, he published Tesla’s “Master Plan Part Deux” and said that the merger of the two companies would “create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world. One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app.” ~BusinessInsider
Imagine every single rooftop in the USA, or the world for that matter covered with solar panels. The amount of energy generated would be more than enough to power the world and then some. Couple that with Tesla’s electric cars, the Tesla PowerWall home battery energy storage system and the Tesla Gigafactory where it’s all manufactured and you have the makings of a historical change in the way human beings live. This is big. Very big.
I for one am very excited about the prospect of solar energy and it future to power the world and everything in it.